Kyushu team reports breakthrough PEMFC nanocatalyst method

Naotoshi Nakashima

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    Researchers at Kyushu University in Japan have developed a new method for creating highly efficient gold nanoparticle catalysts for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. The team showed how wrapping a graphene support in a specially prepared polymer provides an ideal foundation for making uniform, highly active Au nanoparticle catalysts. The oxygen reduction reaction at a fuel cell cathode limits the rate at which electricity can be produced. By wrapping the support in the polybenzimidazole polymer, the researchers successfully developed with Pt, creating a much better support environment for the Au nanoparticles. The catalysts had the lowest over-potential yet reported for this type of reaction.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)10-11
    Number of pages2
    JournalFuel Cells Bulletin
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2016

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
    • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
    • Strategy and Management


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